Dear Crescent Montessori Families,
I understand that our families are facing challenges of juggling new circumstances and added responsibilities during the pandemic.
With most of us working remotely from home, it can be extremely helpful for both working parents and children to have a structured daily schedule or routine in place. Here is a sample schedule from Kavanaugh Report that you can adapt to fit your individual needs.
You may also find yourself in a situation where it is difficult to avoid exposing your children to more screen time than usual. The key with screen time for young children is to set a structured limit (no more than 30 minutes of screen time a day if possible), bookended by more dynamic activities. If you can, provide an opportunity to follow-up a viewing session with a related hands-on activity. When choosing a program, look for one that promotes active learning.
Here are some quality screen time options for young children to have up your sleeve for that video meeting, conference call, or to take a much needed shower:
- Storyline Online – Watch a video of an actor reading a story out loud
- Scholastic Learn at Home – Watch or listen to stories and do follow-up activities
- Listen to 50 Bird Species!
- National Geographic Amazing Animals
- Wild Kratts
- Super Why!
- Doodle with Mo Wilems!
Take your children on a virtual field trip:
- San Diego Zoo (watch footage of resident animals- some are even live!)
- Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams
- Great Wall of China virtual tour
- Louvre Gallery virtual tour
- Explore Mars on the Curiosity Rover
If you have any that you’d like to add to the list, please share!